Keats’ Dwelling

by Phyllis Kriegel

Rooms for rent at
Negative Capability Cottage
Private bath, clean towels, scenic views.
Few rules apply:
Cherish uncertainty
Delight in doubt
Mull over mysteries
Favor interstices.
Reject tired Marxists
New historicists and
Peckish post-feminists.
Heed  Nietzsche’s wise words:
above all don’t strip existence
of its ambiguous character.

Phyllis Kriegel:
Dallied with Dante
Played at Proust
Cuddled with Kafka
Then it hit me:
Stories happen to those
Who write them.